The University of Santo Tomas, together with the Embassy of the United States in Manila, will bring together 21 fellows of the Iowa Writing Program (IWP), composed of Filipino and foreign writers, who will speak and facilitate in the International Conference on Education, Literatures, and Creative Writing, to be held from April 20 to 22, 2017 at the Dr. George S. K. Ty Function Hall, Buenaventura G. Paredes Bldg., UST, Manila.

The conference is co-organized by the UST College of Education and the UST Department of Filipino through HASAAN 5.

The conference, whose theme is “Educating the World through Literatures: Promoting Understanding, Peace and Equality” will be a rare occasion to gather topnotch writers from all over the world who have passed through the stringent selection process set by the IWP, and are thus called ‘IWP Fellows.’

Mr. Christopher Merrill, Director of the International Writing Program of the Iowa University and member of the National Council on the Humanities of the United States of America from 2012 to 2016, will deliver the opening lecture. He will talk about ‘The Role of IWP in Promoting International Understanding, Peace and Equality.’

National Artist in Literature F. Sionil José will deliver the Keynote Address while another National Artist in Literature, Dr. Bienvenido L. Lumbera will be the speaker for the plenary session. Both national artists are graduates of the University of Santo Tomas.

The topics and session speakers are: Session 1 Updates on Philippine Literatures with fellows from the Philippines Mr. Sarge Lacuesta, Ms. Susan Lara, and Dr. Ruel M. Aguila; Session 2 Updates, Experiences, and Concerns on Teaching Philippine Literatures with fellows from the Philippines Mr. Ian Rosales Casocot and Mr. Joel Toldeo; Session 3 Updates on International Literatures with fellows Ms. Ukamaka Olisakwe (Nigeria), Mr. Vladimir Poleganov (Bulgaria), Mr. Hao Guang Tse (Singapore), Ms. Zhou Jianing (China) and Ms. Alice Yousef (Palestinian Territories).

The topic for Session 4 ‘Updates on Teaching Creative Writing’ and fellows are from the Philippines that include: Mr. Mark Angeles, Ms. Mookie Katigbak-Lacuesta, and Mr. Ian Rosales Casacot. Session 5 will be on Special Topics that focus on Writing Workshops with fellows from the Philippines that include Dr. Marjorie M. Evasco-Pernia, Mr. Charleson L. Ong, and Mr. Eros S. Atalia of the University of Santo Tomas.

Another session, Session 6 will be on Special Topics but it primarily deal with Publishing Creative Works. The fellows are Mr. Yusi Avianto Pareanom (Indonesia), Ms. Chae Won Lee (South Korea), Mr. Ko Hua Chen (Taiwan), Ms. Tomoka Shibasaki (Japan), and Ms. Christine Yohannes (Ethiopia).

Interested parties may contact the UST College of Education through 731-4323, Mr. Alvin Ringgo C. Reyes, chair of the Teacher Education Department at, or through +639154819604 or Dr. Zendel Rosario M. Taruc, chair of the Department of Filipino at or through + 63919566779.